Starting Monday, March 1st, The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY brings, The Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. That's quite a mouthful. So much so that I keep calling it the NGO, UN thingy on the status of women in New York, but really the easy acronym is NGO CSW/NY. This NGO CSW/NY series of panel sessions is connected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). According to their website, "The NGO CSW/NY was founded after the First World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975. A primary objective then and now is to advocate with Member States and the United Nations for the adoption of programs and policies that will advance the economic, political, legal, health and educational status of women worldwide and to promote women’s rights and gender equality-cornerstones of the United Nations Charter." Sounds good, right?
The great thing about these panels are that they are not only interesting (if you ask me) but they also look like useful resources for any social issues documentary filmmaker. Topics cover women and children advancement and protection but it also covers so much more like environment, economics, a multitude of human rights, conflict resolution, war torn countries and post war torn countries and their futures. The subjects are vast and fascinating.
The best part about these are that they are open to the public and run from March 1st to March 12th, so surely within that period, a person could find time for at least one panel to sit in on. Plus visiting the United Nations is kinda cool. So whether you're working on a documentary that has to do with the environment, African militia groups, Afghan women fighting for an education, etc. You can find a session that applies to just about any of those subjects in some way. Check out their schedule here.